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JACQUES ANATOLE I. FRANCE (JACQUES ANATOLE THIBAULT)
French novelist, dramatist and poet
(1844 - 1924)
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A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
      - [Happiness]

A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
      - [Writers]

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
      - [Change]

All the historical books which contain no lies are extremely tedious.
      - [History]

Gamblers play just as lovers make love and drunkards drink-- blindly and of necessity, under domination of an irresistible force.
      - [Gambling]

He despises men with tenderness.
      - [Despise]

He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
      - [Prejudice]

History is an Art and should be written with imagination.
      - [History]

I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men.
      - [Books]

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
      - [Folly]

In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
      - [Wealth]

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
      - [Innocence]

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
      - [Irony]

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
      - [Action]

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
      - [Ability]

Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.
      - [Justice]

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
      - [Religion]

The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere.
      - [Virtue]

The majestic equality of laws forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.
      - [Equality]

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
      - [Belief]

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
      - [Imagination]

Unhappiness does make people look stupid.
      - [Unhappiness]

We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
      - [Drugs]

We reproach people for talking about themselves but it is the subject they treat best.
      - [Conceit]

When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple; take it and copy it.
      - [Speech]


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